Archive | September 2013

40 Years of 9 to 5

September 25, 2013 by Ms Magazine

When the 40-year-old organization “9 to 5” —subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” anniversary at several upcoming events, it will recharge itself for the battles ahead. But it’s also a time to pat itself on the back for what it’s achieved since 1973 on behalf of U.S. women workers.

Since a group of office workers in Boston first organized the group, 9to5 has been on the frontlines of successful fights for such major national policies as the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It has also lobbied at local and state levels for higher wages, civil rights, parental leave and more—”all of which benefit the lowest-paid workers in our communities.” 9to5 even, according to its website, inspired the popular comedy film about mistreated women office workers, 9 to 5, starring Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin.


Robertson: Gay People Deliberately Spread HIV/AIDS by Cutting People with Special Rings?

[Really? Where does he get these ideas?]


Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen that gay men in cities like San Francisco attempt to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting them with a special ring when shaking hands. However, one could not hear Robertson make the remarks on the episode his Christian Broadcasting Network posted online, as the company once again appears to have edited Robertson’s comments after they aired.


News Bytes from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media SmartBrief

Why Janet Yellen should be the next Federal Reserve chairman

Janet Yellen, the current vice chair of the Fed, should be President Barrack Obama’s pick to replace Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, writes Megan Beyer, who asserts Yellen “is considered to have one of the strongest backgrounds ever to take on the Fed Chief post.” Yellen, however, faces an uphill battle given the gender disparity in the sector, where women are outnumbered by men three to one when it comes to holding office of a financial market regulator. Go to: (9/11)


How women entrepreneurs are contributing to the global economy
Research indicates that more than 200 million women around the world are starting or operating businesses, writes Jackie VanderBrug. These women are making a significant impact in terms of innovation, employment growth and community development, she notes. In many countries, women are still less likely to be involved in entrepreneurship than their male peers, but they often excel when they do launch their own businesses. “Controlling for firm characteristics, research suggests that women-owned firms outperform those owned by male counterparts,” VanderBrug writes. Go to:  (9/4)


Gender issues are becoming part of NATO’s peace, security initiatives
Gender issues are increasingly being included in NATO’s peace and security planning, but “[t]here’s still a long way to go before women will have fully assumed their rightful place in matters of peace and security,” says Mari Skare, the NATO secretary-general’s special representative for women, peace and security. More cooperation is need to produce “sustained results,” she says. Go to: (9/4)

Women by the Numbers

From the U.S. Census Bureau

Find information on the status and achievements of American women, including population, earnings, motherhood, education, professions, and more in honor of Women’s History Month.

158.3 million – The number of females in the United States in 2011. The number of males was 153.3 million. At 65 and older, there were 13.3 percent more women than men in 2011.

Jobs – 57.7% – Percentage of females 16 and older who participated in the labor force, representing about 72.6 million women in 2012.

41.7% Percent of employed females 16 and older who worked in management, professional and related occupations, compared with 35.1 percent of employed males in December 2012.

 Military – 204,973 Total number of active duty women in the military, as of Nov. 30, 2012. Of that total, 38,378 women were officers, and 164,021 were enlisted.

Earnings – $37,118 The median annual earnings of women 15 or older who worked year-round, full time in 2011. In comparison, the median annual earnings of men were $48,202.

 0.77 – The female-to-male earnings ratio in 2011. The number of men and women with earnings who worked year-round in 2011 was not statistically different from the ratio in 2010.

Education – 31.4 million – Number of women 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or more in 2011, higher than the corresponding number for men (30 million). Women had a larger share of high school diplomas (including equivalents), as well as associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. More men than women had a professional or doctoral degree.

 30.1% – Percent of women 25 and older who had obtained a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2011.

 11.3 million – Number of college students in fall 2011 who were women age 15 and older.

Businesses – $1.2 trillion – Revenue for women-owned businesses in 2007.

7.8 million – The number of women-owned businesses in 2007.

7.5 million – Number of people employed by women-owned businesses in 2007.

Nearly half of all women-owned businesses (45.9 percent) operated in repair and maintenance; personal and laundry services; health care and social assistance; and professional, scientific and technical services. Women-owned businesses accounted for 52.0 percent of all businesses operating in the health care and social assistance sector.

Four – Number of states with at least 500,000 women-owned businesses in 2007 was California, Texas, New York and Florida. California had 1,039,208 women-owned businesses or 13.3 percent of all women-owned businesses in the United States, Texas had 609,947 or 7.8 percent, New York had 594,517 or 7.6 percent, and Florida had 581,096, or 7.5 percent.

Voting – 46.2% – Percentage of female citizens 18 and older who reported voting in the 2010 congressional election. 44.8 percent of their male counterparts cast a ballot. Additionally, 66.6 percent of female citizens reported being registered to vote.

Motherhood – 85.4 million – Estimated number of mothers in the United States in 2009.

Average number of children that women 40 to 44 had given birth to as of 2010, down from 3.1 children in 1976, the year the Census Bureau began collecting such data.

The percentage of women in this age group who had given birth was 81 percent in 2010, down from 90 percent in 1976.

Marriage – 64.9 million – Number of married women 18 and older (including those who were separated or had an absent spouse) in 2011.

5.1 million – Number of stay-at-home mothers nationwide in 2012.

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Equal Pay and Fairness Advocate Lilly Ledbetter to speak at BradleyUniversity

Peoria, IL (September 10, 2013) Advocate Lilly Ledbetter, whose discrimination case led to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, will speak at Bradley University on September 17, at 7:00  p.m. in the Peplow Pavilion in the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, located at 816 N. Tobias Lane. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ledbetter’s topic is “Grace and Grit: How I Won My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond.”

Ms. Ledbetter worked as a supervisor at a Goodyear tire plant in Gadsden, Alabama for 19 years. Toward the end of her career, she began to suspect that she wasn’t being paid as much as her male counterparts. Intent on facing the discrimination, she brought an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Complaint against Goodyear and won. Goodyear appealed the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and in a 5-4 decision, the Court overturned the ruling.

After the decision, legal groups and Democrats worked to introduce a bill that was signed into law in January of 2009, a law that makes it easier for women who have experienced pay discrimination to fight back.

A tireless advocate for fair pay, Ledbetter has been a featured speaker at colleges, universities, conferences, and other groups around the country, She also has made frequent television appearances.

The lecture is the first in the 2013-14 Women, Gender and the Law Series presented by Bradley’s Women’s Studies Committee.

Hillary Clinton in Elite Company as Liberty Medal Recipient

NCC Staff 1 hour ago

When former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton receives the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, she’ll join an elite list of leaders and humanitarians.

Clinton will receive the medal on Tuesday night in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe.


The 25th annual Liberty Medal will take place at the NationalConstitutionCenter on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia and will be broadcast live on WPVI-TV/6abc.

Last year, Muhammad Ali received the medal at the NationalConstitutionCenter. Lech Walesa was awarded the first Liberty Medal in 1989.

“Liberty is not only a right, but also our common responsibility and duty,” Walesa said in his acceptance speech.

Past recipients include three American presidents (Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), world leaders (Tony Blair, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Kofi Annan), two Supreme Court justices (Sandra Day O’Connor and Thurgood Marshall) and icons like Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel.

Established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, the Liberty Medal is awarded annually to men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. The medal was first administered by the NationalConstitutionCenter in 2006.

Six recipients of the medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Throughout her nearly four-decade career as one of America’s most dedicated public servants, Secretary Clinton has continued to champion equal opportunities for women and girls in order to advance the security and prosperity of all people and nations. As the 67th Secretary of State, Clinton broke national and global barriers. She was the first First Lady to serve in a presidential Cabinet. She traveled to more countries than any other Secretary of State. She used social media to engage citizens in the workings of diplomacy, and she paid an official visit to Burma, making her the highest U.S. representative to do so in half a century. As Secretary of State, Clinton advocated for “smart power” in foreign policy, elevating diplomacy and development and repositioning them for the 21st century—with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world.

Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from January 21, 2009 until February 1, 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator.

As First Lady, Hillary Clinton advocated for universal affordable, quality health care and led successful bipartisan efforts to improve the adoption and foster care systems, reduce teen pregnancy, and establish both the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Early Head Start, which provides support for children in the crucial first three years of life.

She also traveled to more than 80 countries as a representative of our country, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, civil society, and opportunities for women and girls around the world.

In 2000, Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate. She worked across party lines to expand economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care, including for wounded service members, veterans and members of the Nationa Guard and Reserves. After September 11, 2001, she helped secure more than $20 billion for the rebuilding of New York and fought for the health needs of first responders who risked their lives at Ground Zero.

In 2007 and 2008, Clinton made her historic campaign for President of the United States, winning 18 million votes, and more primaries and delegates than any woman had before.

In her four years as Secretary of State, Clinton played a central role in restoring America’s standing in the world and strengthening its global leadership. Her “smart power” approach to foreign policy elevated American diplomacy and development and repositioned them for the 21st century—with new tools, technologies, and partners, including the private sector and civil society around the world. As America’s chief diplomat and the President’s principal foreign policy adviser, Clinton spearheaded progress on many of our greatest national security challenges, from reasserting the United States as a Pacific power and imposing crippling sanctions on Iran and North Korea to responding to the challenges and opportunities of the Arab Awakening and negotiating a ceasefire in the Middle East. She pushed the frontiers of human rights and demonstrated that giving women the opportunity to participate fully is vital to the security, stability, and prosperity of all nations.

Today, Clinton continues to build on the nonprofit work she began nearly four decades ago through the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, which works to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote health and wellness, and protect the environment by fostering partnerships among businesses, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private citizens.